Date:May 18, 2018
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Initial unemployment insurance claims drop for week ending May 12

BATON ROUGE – The initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending May 12, 2018 dropped to 2,026 from the previous week’s total of 2,065. For a comparison, during the week ending May 13, 2017, 2,700 initial claims were filed.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,073 from the previous week’s average of 2,102.

The unemployment insurance continued claims for the week ending May 12, 2018 decreased to 15,141 from the previous week’s total of 15,874. The continued claims were below the comparable figure of 22,253 for the week ending May 13, 2017.

The four-week moving average of continued claims decreased to 15,441 from the previous week’s average of 15,533.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) works to ensure all residents have an equal chance at a family sustaining career, especially veterans who have provided protection for our state and nation. On Wednesday May 23, the LWC will help host a job-hiring event for veterans at the American Job Center (AJC) location in New Orleans, La. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has countless tools both in person and online to help claimants file and process their claims. This is in addition to the agency’s 59 local offices statewide, job fairs, training programs, apprenticeship opportunities and numerous other services.

Updates to the LWC’s unemployment information processing system are still being implemented. As a result, the following data are not currently available: the break-out of interstate claims, Louisiana unemployment insurance claimants' parish of residence and unemployment insurance claims by industry.

For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit and select Labor Market Information.

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Weekly Claims Data webpage includes the following: UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, UI Definition and UI Monthly Claimant Characteristics by Parish. To access these products, select Labor Market Information at, scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.

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